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Stop being bigoted against people with autism spectrum syndrome

We were discussing Silicon Valley, and its notorious working culture of long hours and company-dictated leisure time. ‘The problem, of course,’ said the sociologist, ‘is that these businesses are institutionally autistic.’

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It’s hard to imagine any other situation in which a group of educated, liberal adults would conjure a marginalised group as a shorthand for awful. Imagine describing an organisation as institutionally black, institutionally female or institutionally Muslim. Yet, somehow, intelligent people can drop ‘autistic’ into conversation whenever they want to draw a contrast between the unfeeling, insensitive, uncreative parts of this world, and their bright, emotional, magnificent selves.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 24, 2018 at EST am

The destruction of the career of a Jewish doctor

Some unnamed doxxer spend six months investigating him, his crimes are having Facebook friends with “white supremacists” and writing comments under a pseudonym on sites like VDare and Counter Currents.

The hospital in the Bronx where he works fired him.

And they say that we have freedom of speech in the United States? I don’t think we do anymore. Russia is more free.

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Reminder for commenters:

1. Always use a pseudonym, and one that doesn’t resemble your real name or anything else about your real life.

2. Use a different pseudonym on different sites to make it harder to track you.

3. Don’t reveal too much personal information in comments.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 25, 2018 at EST am

Lena Dunham, fat and happy joyous & free

As reported by the NY Post Lena Dunham (who is 5’3” tall according to internet sources) was miserable at 138 and “happy joyous & free” at 162, an increase of 24 pounds.

Maybe her genes are just meant to be fat (colloquially speaking, of course).

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 11, 2018 at EST am

Kudos to Trump administration on breastfeeding

The notion that breastfeeding benefits IQ has been debunked. This is what I previously wrote on this topic:

Der, Batty and Deary study

The Der, Batty and Deary study uses data from the 1979 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. It looks at the children of participants in that study, who were tested between the years of 1986 and 2002, so these children were fed formula before supplementation of infant formula with DHA and ARA fatty acids (which are supposed to better duplicate the effect of human breast milk) were available in the United States.

The Der, Batty and Deary study notes the major confounding factor in breast-feeding analyses is that women who breastfeed are usually of higher intelligence and social class than those who don’t breastfeed. In the NLSY79 data, breastfeeding mothers scored about one standard deviation higher on the Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT).

A multiple regression analysis of the NLSY79 data, which includes 5475 children, shows that breast feeding has no statistically significant impact on children’s cognitive assessments. Factors having the strongest correlations with children’s cognitive assessments are the mother’s AFQT score, the HOME cognitive stimulation score (which is probably a good surrogate for the father’s IQ and a host of other socioeconomic factors), and strangely enough, birth order.

The study also did an analysis of 332 sibling pairs where one was breastfed and the other was not. The results show that the formula-fed sibling had an IQ that was 0.63 points higher than the breastfed sibling. The authors didn’t bother to point out that this result was the opposite of the expected pattern. The P value is 0.506, so the authors probably figured this is just a statistically insignificant fluke and not worth mentioning.

There is additional evidence in the study, beyond what I’ve written about here, confirming the conclusion. Based on the Der, Batty and Deary study, I am convinced that the hypothesis that breast feeding causes higher IQ has been proven false. The cause and effect go the other way. Breast feeding predicts having parents with higher IQs and higher socioeconomic status.

Probably, any other alleged benefits of breastfeeding are distorted by the same biases, that is that breastfeeding has become highly desired by high-IQ high-social-class mothers, while formula is now primarily used by the lazy poor.

So I give kudos to the Trump administration for sticking up for formula feeding . Only Trump can stand up to the SJWs on junk science like breastfeeding and global warming.

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Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 9, 2018 at EST pm

Best way to avoid suicide is to be black

Readers have been giving out bad advice on avoiding suicide. The best way to avoid suicide is to be black. Whites are almost THREE TIMES as likely to commit suicide as blacks, and the white suicide rate keeps going up too.

If suicide is genetic, and whites have a suicide gene, then there’s nothing that can be done about that. But if it’s cultural, then maybe listening to rap music and eating fried chicken can ward off suicidal thoughts.

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A good question to ask on a liberal site would be: “Hey, if it sucks so much to be black, and it’s so great to be white and have white privilege, why are whites almost THREE TIMES as likely to commit suicide as blacks?”

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 8, 2018 at EST pm

School shootings are fake news

In the sense that the fakestream media presents them as a huge problem, that’s fake news. We hear stories about parents who want to homeschool their children because of the out-of-control news coverage of school shootings.

Approximately 30 teenagers per year die from school shootings.

Meanwhile, approximately 1800 per year die from suicide, 2100 per year die from being murdered outside of school, and 5,700 per year die in traffic accidents. My source is this CDC web page.

The sooner we replace all of the human-driven vehicles with accident-free autonomous vehicles, the sooner we will save almost two hundred times as many teenage lives as we would save from ending all school shootings.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

May 31, 2018 at EST pm

Abortion helping to keep America white

From the 1965-1970 period (before Roe v Wade) to the 2010-2015 period (after Roe v. Wade), fertility declined for ALL races, but the decline was much greater for blacks (as well as American Indians) than it was for whites.

Furthermore, current trends show that non-Hispanic white fertility is actually increasing while Hispanic and minority fertility is continuing to decline.

I believe the reason for this is that child-raising is difficult for unmarried people. Black women, after having one kid without a dad around to help, don’t want anymore. Whites, who have the highest marriage rate, are more able to manage larger families.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 11, 2018 at EST am

When the Huffington Post is right

According to this Huffington Post op-ed, the federal government is preventing pregnant refugees in custody from getting abortions.

The last thing we want is baby refugees, who automatically get U.S. citizenship! Really dumb federal policy. The Huffington Post is right!

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 10, 2018 at EST am

Male nurses in the NY Times

People in the blog comments keep talking about how men should go into trades like plumbing or HVAC.

WRONG! Nursing is the best career for men without white-collar career ambitions seeking a safe middle-class job. It’s a guaranteed middle-class salary.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 7, 2018 at EST am

Is muscle weight as unhealthy as fat weight?

There’s an assumption that fat is bad, but muscle weight, that’s good.

While I can definitely say that in American culture, muscle is considered more aesthetically pleasing than fat (and is also useful for sports and self-defense), I don’t see where there’s any solid evidence that it’s healthier.

People have a tendency to confuse aesthetically pleasing with healthy. People think a suntan looks “healthy” when in fact sun exposure increases the risk of cancer.

Consider this most basic fact: Women, on average, significantly outlive men. Men have a lot more muscle weight than women.

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Is it height? Commenter destructure says that short people live longer, and women live longer than men because they are shorter:

The message for women is clear. If you want healthy long-lived children, marry a short skinny man, not a tall muscular man.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 16, 2017 at EST am

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